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Joining the Birds

Living in a cramped apartment on the beach, Jia longs for the affection of her immature mother, Kata. When Jia seeks Kata out at her favorite club, her mother’s sudden attention is as alluring as it is disorienting.

  • Carrie Carusone
  • Carrie Carusone
  • Francisco Cabrera
  • Chris Violette
    Director of Photography
  • Alexander Ullom
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    8 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Carrie Carusone

Carrie Carusone is a graduate of FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts. With a focus in writing and directing, she aspires to create films that capture the gritty reality of emotion. Her stories are often Florida centric and set through a female lens about complex, flawed relationships. Carrie is a filmmaker because she finds herself feeling too much. So in making films, she can give a little away.

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Director Statement

Joining the Birds stands to serve as a representation of the cyclical confusion and pain around femininity and motherhood. There are four main characters: all women at different ages with different perspectives of sexuality and life itself.

Ultimately, this story serves as a visual alter-ego of my childhood. After my parent’s divorce, my mother went on a rage of self-discovery, leaving me out of the mix and alone in the house. I learned that in the face of poverty, immaturity rises as the bigger antagonist in a story. Poverty was my landscape, but my longing to be an interest to my mother was my driving force. However, as the title lends itself to, the desire to let go of one’s anger and actively choose their path is a decision that empowers a viewer of any background.